Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Event host

The School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

21 March 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm


The Long Room, Customs House
399 Queen Street, Brisbane City

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Due to an unanticipated response to the event, we're excited to announce a new and bigger venue. Please see below for the full location detail.

Major General Marcus Thompson

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, in cooperation with The University of Queensland’s School of Information, Technology and Electrical Engineering, AusCERT and the Association of Old Crows, are pleased to invite you to attend a public lecture and panel session featuring Major General Marcus Thompson AM, Head Information Warfare with the Australian Defence Force.

“Information warfare” is a relatively new term in its modern incarnation. While information has always played a crucial part of warfare, the modern terminology associated with it is frequently linked to digital capabilities and, more specifically, to “cyber warfare.” The question of Australia’s strategic interests must lie at the heart of our discussion of information warfare and for Australia to have a coherent conversation about the role of information in modern warfare, we must define where “information” in the twenty-first century is situated across the normal spectrum of conflict. This gives rise to some key questions in relation to: Whether Australia has the right legislative frameworks to meet the threats of conflict in the information environment? Does the ADF’s force-structure reflect the true nature of the threat environment in the Information Age? Have we prepared the Australian public to understand the nature of war in the information environment?

After the Major General's lecture, a diverse panel of experts will discuss the ramifications for the Australian defence, government and business communities.

About our panellists

Andrew Mills is the Queensland Government’s Chief Information Officer. Andrew Mills was appointed Queensland Government Chief Information Officer in January 2014. In this role he provides strategic advice to Ministers and Directors-General on the best way for the government to digitally transform and use information and communication technology (ICT) to deliver improved services to Queenslanders.

Merryn York is the Chief Executive of Powerlink Queensland. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland electricity industry, 16 of which have been spent in senior leadership positions. An Electrical Engineer by profession, Merryn has worked in all facets of transmission network service delivery.

Rain Liivoja is an Associate Professor with TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. Rain's current research focuses on the legal and ethical challenges associated with the military applications of science and technology generally and biosciences specifically. His broader research and teaching interest include the law of armed conflict, human rights law and the law of treaties, as well as international and comparative criminal law

To assist with catering this free event please RSVP you attendance via the link.

We hope to see you there!

This event is proudly hosted by The University of Queensland in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.



For more information about this event, contact:
Celia Giumelli
e: c.giumelli@uq.edu.au 
p: 3365 4335